MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ could go off air over lawsuit claiming assault, racketeering [via New York Daily News]
Say it ain’t so! A woman is suing MTV’s popular reality program “Jersey Shore” after an incident last summer in which the casts’ body guards allegedly threw her to the ground after an argument. That’s the assault; the racketeering charges allege MTV is profiting from the criminal conduct of the cast. If the lawsuit is successful, it could force “Jersey Shore” off the air. There’s just no fist-pumping that.
Internet may phase out printed Oxford Dictionary [via AP]
The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary Sunday said they may phase out the paper edition of the famed reference book. The OED receives several million monthly hits from subscribers but has sold only about 30,000 of the current printed edition. “The print dictionary market is just disappearing,” Oxford University Press chief executive Nigel Portwood said. “It is falling away by tens of percent a year.”
The Hotel as Art Gallery [via The New York Times]
Today in Jobs I’m Jealous Of, the Times looks at Matthew Jensen, a young artist and art curator for the James, a new SoHo hotel (SoHoTel?). Upscale hotels looking to set themselves apart and project an aura of sophistication are focusing on the decorations. “It used to be that you could get away with just slapping something up in the lobby,” said Sean Hennessey, chief executive of Lodging Investment Advisors, a consulting firm in Valhalla, N.Y., “but more and more customers are looking and evaluating it much more closely.”
This I Believe [via ABC News]
ABC pollster Gary Langer says the recent increase in the number of people who believe Obama is Muslim rather than Christian may be partly due to “expressed belief,” “a statement intended to send a message, not claim a known fact.” Essentially, people who strongly oppose someone or thing will attach any perceived negative with little or no basis in reality. “Disapproval of the president has grown, including strong disapproval. The growing roll of strong disapprovers provides a larger pool of individuals looking for opportunities to voice that sentiment. Socialist? Yep. Born in Kenya? Sure. Muslim? You betcha.”